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									GRAY HOOPER HOLT LLP MID SUSSEX FOOTBALL
                LEAGUE

       CHALLENGE CUP RULES 2011 - 2012



                     CONTENTS

   Senior Charity Cup Competition Rules     - Page 2
   Junior Charity Cup Competition Rules     - Page 6
   Fred Pretty veterans Challenge Cup Rules - Page 7




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    GRAY HOOPER HOLT LLP MID SUSSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                          CHALLENGE CUP RULES 2011 - 2012

                   SENIOR CHARITY CUP COMPETITION RULES

1 . This competition shall be called the Mid-Sussex Senior Charity Cup and shall be under the
entire control of the Mid Sussex Football League (MSFL) The Officers of the League shall for
all intents and purposes be the legal owners of the Cup in trust for the League, The Cup shall
never be won outright.

2. The Competition shall be open to Clubs invited by the Mid Sussex Football League (MSFL)
whose teams play in Intermediate and Junior Divisions of Leagues operating within the
Sussex County boundary on the North: the Northern slope of the Downs on the South: the
main Lewes - Uckfield - Crowborough - Tunbridge Wells Road (A26) on the East and the
A24 Horsham to Worthing Road on the West: together with the whole of the Crawley
Borough Council area, subject to approval and acceptance by the Mid Sussex Football League
Management Committee. Each club entering the competition must have facilities that
conform with the requirements for intermediate status football as laid down by the Sussex
County Football Association.

3. The qualification of a player shall be as that for the league in which he competes excepting
that he shall have registered with his club at least twenty-four hours prior to taking part in a
match. No player shall play for more than one club in this competition in any one season. No
player shall play for a club in the Senior Charity Cup if he has already played more than
twelve games for that club or any other club in senior football, e.g. Southern Football League,
Isthmian League, Sussex County Football League Division 1 & 2, FA Cup, FA Vase, FA
Trophy, Sussex Senior Cup, Sussex Floodlight Cup, RUR Charity Cup. For the semi-final and
final, a player must have played in an earlier round of the competition or at least four times
for that team in other cup or league matches or for a team within the club but playing in a
lower division during the current season.

3a. In the case of postponed, drawn, or replayed matches, only those players shall be allowed
to play who were eligible on the day originally fixed for the playing of the tie.

4. The MSFL Competitions Committee will divide the competing clubs into couples or ties
and, immediately after drawing, the Secretary of the MSFL shall notify each club the name of
the club against which it is drawn. Likewise this information shall be sent to the Secretaries
of the league in which the clubs participate. Club Secretaries shall on receiving notification of
the draw inform their League Secretary of such draw. The Clubs which are in each instance
first drawn in the ballot shall have choice of ground. In the event of a club not having a
ground available, the clubs to agree upon another ground or as may be directed by the
Competitions Committee. Ties may be played at an earlier date by mutual consent and with
the MSFL Competitions Committee's approval. In the event of any tie, with the exception of
the semi-final and final ties, not being played for whatever reason on the ground of the first
drawn (home) Club on two dates appointed by the Fixtures Secretary for the playing of the
tie, a further date will be appointed by the Fixtures Secretary when the tie will be played on
the ground of the away club. The Final tie will be played on a neutral ground as shall be
determined by the MSFL Management Committee.

5. The duration of each match shall be 90 minutes. The half time interval shall be 10
minutes, the duration of which may only be altered with prior consent of the match referee
the event of a match being drawn at 90 minutes then extra time of 15 minutes each way will
be played. In the event of a drawn match after extra time, the result will be decided by the

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taking of penalty kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the regulations governing
knock out competitions – obtaining a result as set out in the FA Handbook and Laws of
Association Football. The rule refers to all rounds of the competition including the semi-
finals and the Final. Should a match be abandoned during extra time, then the replay will
take place on the visiting club's ground.

6. For all fixtures official Team Sheets must be presented to the Referee at least 15 minutes
before kick-off. Players must wear the shirt numbers shown in the team Sheets. ln the event
of two clubs meeting with similar colours, the visiting team will change their colours, in the
Final Tie both teams will change colours. Any Club that fails to comply with any aspect of
this Rule shall be fined £10.00.

7. The proceeds from the Final Tie, after payment of expenses incurred by the Competition,
shall be distributed to such charities as the Management Committee may determine.

8. The Secretary of the home Club shall give notice in writing of full particulars of the
location of, and access to, the ground, their colours and time of kick-off to the appointed
Referee and Secretary or Fixtures Secretary of the opposing Club at least four clear days
prior to the playing of the match.

Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture must, without delay, give notice by telephone, firstly, to the
Fixtures Secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League, to the Referees Secretary of the Mid
Sussex Football League, the Secretary or Fixtures Secretary of the opposing Club and the
Match Referee.

Any Club failing to comply with any aspect of this Rule shall be fined £10.00.

9. The Home and Away club shall telephone the result of each fixture (even if unfulfilled) to
the Press Officer of the MSFL on Saturday by 5.30 pm. In respect of matches completed
before that time, and as soon as possible after completion of the match for any other match,
and for mid-week evening matches by 10.00 pm. on the day of the match. Each club shall
within three days after each match send to the Registration Secretary of the MSFL, on the
official form provided, the result, the names and initials of the players taking part together
with their respective League Registration Numbers and the name of the Referee with an
assessment of his ability, together with the names of the Assistant Referees and the
Certificated First Aider acceptable to the Competition. In the event of a drawn game club
secretaries must notify their respective League Fixtures Secretary immediately. Any club
forwarding a result form bearing the names of players other than those who took part in the
match specified or who were not bona fide registered players according to their respective
League Rules, will be dealt with as the MSFL Management Committee shall determine. Clubs
failing to comply with this rule or any part thereof will be dealt with as the MSFL
Management Committee will determine and shall be liable to a fine of £10.00 for each
offence except where a club is responsible for the deliberate falsification of a result form
when it shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £100.00

9a. Where an assessment mark of 60 or less is given for the referee a letter giving full
explanation of the reasons for the low mark shall be sent to the Compliance Officer of the
MSFL.

10. The time of kick-off shall be the normal kick off time in challenge cup competitions of the
home team, and Referees will report all late starts and incomplete teams to the Secretary of
the MSFL and will inform the defaulting club that they are being reported. The club shall be
liable to a fine not exceeding £10.00. Each club must provide an assistant referee, who as far
as this competition is concerned only must not be a substitute as defined in Rule 17 below,
for the duration of the match, failure to do so will incur a fine of £10.00.
11. Any club failing to keep a fixture without an explanation acceptable to the MSFL
Management Committee shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.00 and may be ordered to

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pay all or part of the expenses incurred by their opponents and the match involved may be
awarded to their opponents, or as the MSFL Management Committee shall determine. A
Club withdrawing from the Competition after the draw has been made without an
explanation acceptable to the MSFL Management Committee shall be liable to a fine not
exceeding £50.00.

12. Breaches of the rules of this competition shall be dealt with by the MSFL Management
Committee. Breaches of the Laws of the Game and Rules and Regulations of The Football
Association shall be dealt with in accordance with F.A. Rules 9 & 26. by the sanctioning
authority (SCFA). All questions of eligibility, qualification or interpretation of the Rules shall
be referred to and decided by the MSFL Management committee. Where it is proved that a
club has played an ineligible player, the club shall be liable to a Fine not exceeding £100.00
and excluded from the competition. Any protests relating to the ground, goal posts, ball and
any other appurtenances of the game shall not be entertained unless an objection has been
lodged in writing with the Referee before the commencement of the match. The Secretary of
the protesting Club must forward a copy of this protest to the Secretary of the MSFL within 3
days of the match. Protests with regard to the eligibility of players must be lodged with the
Secretary of the MSFL within 3 days of the match. If it is proved that a Club has played an
ineligible player that Club shall be excluded from the Competition and the tie will be
awarded to their opponents. All protests must be accompanied by a fee of £15.00 which shall
be returned or forfeited as the MSFL Management Committee may decide. No protest shall
be withdrawn except with the consent of the MSFL Management Committee who may order
either Club to pay the whole or part of the expenses of the protest and shall have power to
fine the offending Club.

13. Sixteen mementoes shall be awarded to each team participating in the Final tie and one
memento to each manager. Mementos will be granted to other players who have taken part
in the Competition at the discretion of the MSFL Management Committee.

14. The Cup will be handed over to the Winners on their giving a receipt and written
undertaking to return the Cup to an appointed place on or before a date to be advised by the
Secretary of the MSFL in the same condition as that in which it was received. Any damage
caused to the Cup whilst in the Club's custody to be made good at the Club's expense less any
payment received from the insurers. A Club failing to return the Cup suitably engraved on or
before the first of March in the same condition to which it was received shall be fined
£50.00.

15. Referees for Cup matches shall be appointed by the MSFL Management Committee or
any person to whom they may delegate their powers. The Referee's fee for all Senior Charity
Cup matches shall be as for Rounds in the Sussex Intermediate Cup. Second Class rail or bus
fares where used may be claimed or 33p per mile which the Management Committee may
increase during the season to reflect significant increases in fuel oil prices allowance if using
own transport. In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which
the Clubs have no control the Referee, if present, and any other appointed Officials, if they
attend the ground, shall be entitled to half fee plus expenses. Where a match is not played
owing to one Club being in default, the Club shall be ordered to pay the Referee, if present,
and any other appointed Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses.

16. The Entrance Fee for this competition will be £10.00 being payable at the time of entry or
as notified by the Secretary of the MSFL. The closing date for entries will be 1 June.

17. A Club may at its discretion and in accordance with the Laws of the Game use 3 substitute
players in any match in this Competition who may be selected from 5 players. The
substitutes nominated must be eligible in accordance with Rule 3 of this Competition. The
referee must be informed of the names of the substitutes not later than 15 minutes before the
start of the match and any other player or players substituted shall for the purpose of this


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Rule be regarded as ineligible. Any Club offending this Rule may be subject to a fine not
exceeding £100 and the match may be awarded to their opponents. In any match in this
Competition a player who has been nominated as a substitute before the start of the match
but does not actually play is deemed not to have played in the match.

18. All teams in this Competition shall have a certificated First Aider present at all matches,
whose name shall be entered in the match result form. All Teams shall have a First Aid Kit,
as approved by the Competition, available at all matches. Any Club that fails to comply with
either aspect of this Rule shall be fined £25.00.

19. The MSFL Management Committee shall have the power to deal with any contingency
not provided for in the foregoing Rules.

20. All games shall be played under the laws of the Game and the rules and Regulations of
the Football Association.




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    GRAY HOOPER HOLT LLP MID SUSSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                         CHALLENGE CUP RULES 2011 - 2012

                   JUNIOR CHARITY CUP COMPETITION RULES

1.This competition shall be called the Mid-Sussex Junior Charity Cup and shall be under the
entire control of the Mid Sussex Football League (MSFL). The officers of the League shall for
all intents and purposes be the legal owners of the Cup in trust for the League. The Cup shall
never be won outright.

2.The competition shall be open to Clubs invited by the Mid Sussex Football League (MSFL)
who are competing in Division 2 or below of the Mid Sussex Football League, in Division 2 or
below of the Brighton, Hove and District Football League or in Division 3 or below of the
West Sussex League.

3. The qualification of a player shall be as that for the League in which he competes excepting
that he shall have been registered with his club at least twenty four hours prior to taking part
in a match. No player shall play for more than one club in this competition in any one season
and a player is eligible to participate in this competition provided he has not played in any
match designated Senior by the Sussex County FA, e.g. Southern League, Isthmian League,
Sussex County League (Divisions 1 and 2) Sussex Senior Cup, RUR Cup, Floodlight Cup, FA
Cup, FA Vase, FA Trophy or similar competition of another County during the current
season or played more than eight games collectively in any divisions higher than those set
out in Rule 2 or in Division 3 of the Sussex County Football League. No player shall be
reinstated for this competition. (Sunday League and Sunday Cup matches excepted). For the
Semi-Final and Final, a player must have played in an earlier round of the competition or at
least four times for that team in other cup or league matches or for a team within the club
playing but in a lower division during the current season.

4. Referees for cup matches shall be appointed by the MSFL Management Committee or any
person to whom they may delegate their powers. The Referee's fee for all Junior Charity Cup
matches shall be as for rounds in the Sussex Junior Cup. Standard bus or rail fare where
used may be claimed or 33p per mile car allowance if using own transport. ln the event of a
match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control the
Referee, if present, and any other appointed Officials, if they attend the ground, shall be
entitled to half fee plus expenses. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in
default, the Club shall be ordered to pay the Referee, if present, and any other appointed
Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses.

5. The entrance Fee for this Competition will be £10.00, being payable at the time of entry or
as notified by the Secretary of the MSFL. The closing date for entries will be 1 June.

6. In all other respects Rules 3a, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9a, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20
governing the Senior Charity Cup Competition shall apply to this competition.




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    GRAY HOOPER HOLT LLP MID SUSSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE

                         CHALLENGE CUP RULES 2011 - 2012

      FRED PRETTY VETERANS CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION RULES

1. The competition shall be called 'The Fred Pretty Veterans Challenge Cup Competition' and
shall be under the control of the Management Committee of the Mid Sussex Football League.
The Cup shall never be won outright. The Officers of the League shall for all intents and
purposes be the legal owners of the Cup in trust for the League.

2. The Competition shall be open to Clubs invited by the Mid Sussex Football League (MSFL)
whose teams play in Intermediate and Junior Divisions of Leagues operating within the
Sussex County boundary on the North: the Northern slope of the Downs on the South: the
main Lewes - Uckfield - Crowborough - Tunbridge Wells Road A26 on the East and the A24
Horsham to Worthing Road on the West: together with the whole of the Crawley Borough
Council area, subject to approval and acceptance by the Mid Sussex Football League
Management Committee. Each Club entering the competition must have a pitch and facilities
that conform with the requirements for intermediate status football as laid down by the
Sussex County Football Association. Any club entering this Competition that is not a member
of the Mid Sussex Football League shall purchase at least one Mid Sussex Football League
Handbook, for which a charge of £3.00 per copy will be made.

3. The eligibility, qualification and registration not specifically covered within the Rules of
this Cup Competition shall be the same as those applying in the League competition except
that no player shall be under 37 years on 1 October, must register separately irrespective of
Club and that no player shall during the current season be eligible to play in this
competition, who:-

(a) has played in a match designated Senior by the Sussex County FA, i.e. the Southern
League, the Isthmian League, Sussex County League (Divisions 1 and 2), Sussex County FA
Senior Cup Competition, Sussex County RUR Charity Cup, Floodlight Cup or similar
competition of another County (Note: The Mid Sussex Football League's Senior Charity Cup
Competition is not a senior match for the purpose of this Rule);

(b) has already played for another club in this Cup Competition during the current season.

4. Matches shall be played on Sundays, normally on the basis of one fixture in each month
from mid September to end of January, and must not be played on any other day without the
mutual agreement of the opposing club and the Management Committee. The time of kick
off is at the discretion of the home club but must be notified to the Fixtures Secretary when
submitting available dates in accordance with Rule 5.

The duration of each match shall be 90 minutes. The half time interval shall be 10 minutes,
the duration of which may only be altered with the prior consent of the match referee.

5. The Management Committee determines the arrangements for the Competition. Clubs
must notify the Fixtures Secretary by 31 July of the dates on which their pitch is available for
home fixtures to enable production of a fixture list for the season for circulation to clubs by
31 August. Any club failing to notify the dates when home pitch is available by the due date
shall be fined £2O.OO. In the event of teams being drawn in Groups any postponement after
the League has issued the fixtures list for the season, except due to adverse weather
conditions, shall be treated as failure to keep an engagement and the defaulting club shall be
subject to a fine not exceeding £50.00 with the points in the match awarded to their
opponents.


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Where teams are drawn in Groups at the conclusion of the Group matches team rankings will
be in accordance with Rule 12(A) of the MSFL'S Standard Code of Rules and the winner and
runner up in each Group will go forward to the knock-out stages of the Competition.

Where teams have been drawn in Groups in the knock-out stages each tie will be on the
ground of the highest ranking club or as ordered by the Management Committee, except the
final tie which will be played on a neutral ground as determined by the Management
Committee. In the event of any tie in the knock-out stages, with the exception of the semi-
final and final ties, not being played for whatever reason on the ground of the highest
ranking (home) Club on two dates appointed by the Fixtures Secretary for the playing of the
tie, a further date will be appointed by the Fixtures Secretary when the tie will be played on
the ground of the away club. For the purpose of this paragraph any club failing to keep an
engagement without an explanation acceptable to the Management Committee shall be
subject to a fine not exceeding £50.00 and excluded from the competition.

The Management Committee reserves the right to organise the Competition as a straight
knock-out Competition with the final tie being played on a neutral ground. For the purpose
of this paragraph, any club failing to keep an engagement without an explanation acceptable
to the Management Committee shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £50.00 and excluded
from the competition.

Any team withdrawing from the Competition without an explanation acceptable to the
Management Committee after the annual fixtures list has been issued shall be subject to a
fine not exceeding £50.00

6. A club shall register 15 players eligible to play in the competition on Mid Sussex Football
League registration forms by 1 September. Failure to do so shall result in the club being
excluded from the competition and fined £20.00.

Contract players, as defined by Football Association Rules, are not permitted in this
Competition.

A registered playing member of a club for this Competition is one who, being in all other
respects eligible, has each season signed a fully and correctly completed Competition
registration form in ink, countersigned by an Officer of the Club, and who has been
registered with the Registration Secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League at least 48
hours prior to playing and whose completed registration document has been received by the
Club prior to playing. Registrations made after 30 September will not be accepted unless
accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.

A fee of £1.00 shall be paid each season for each player registered to play veterans football,
except those players registered to play open age football on Saturdays in the Mid Sussex
Football League for the same club for which they play in this competition. An invoice will be
issued by 15 March for registrations and payment must be made by 31 March, failing which a
fine of £20.00 for each week or part week payment is overdue shall be imposed.

Registration forms shall be obtained from the Registration Secretary of the MSFL or
downloaded electronically and are free of charge.

7. Any match not completed may be ordered to stand as a completed match or ordered to be
replayed for a full 90 minutes or as the Management Committee may direct.

8. A club may use five substitutes. In all other respects Rule 10(G) in the Mid Sussex
Standard Code of Rules applies except in this competition a player who has been substituted
during the match himself become a substitute and may, in turn, replace another player at
any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws
of Association Football.

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9. For the Quarter-Final, Semi-Final and Final ties, all players including the substitutes,
must have previously played in at least one match during the current season for the team
for which they intend to play in this Cup Competition.

10. ln the event of a draw in the knock-out stages no extra time will be played and the result
will be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the
regulations governing knock-out competitions - obtaining a result - as set out in the FA
Handbook and Laws of Association Football.

11. Numbered shirts must be worn. In the event of two clubs meeting with similar colours,
the visiting team will change their colours. In the Final Tie both teams will change colours.

12. The Secretary of each home club shall give notice to their opponents and the appointed
referee (if applicable) in writing stating the position of their ground, dressing room, colours
and confirm time of kick off. This information must be received by the            visiting club's
Secretary and the appointed referee not later than Tuesday evening preceding the Sunday
match.

Any Club unable to fulfil a fixture in the Competition must, without delay, give notice by
telephone to the Fixtures Secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League, the Referees
Secretary (knock-out stage only), the Secretary or Fixtures Secretary of the opposing Club
and the appointed Match Referee.

Any club failing to comply with any aspect of this Rule shall be fined £10.00.

13. Clubs are responsible for appointing currently registered referees for all matches except
the knock-out stages, for which match officials will be appointed by the Management
Committee through the Referees Secretary. The referee's fee for Fred Pretty Veterans Cup
matches is that for rounds of the Sussex Intermediate Cup. Second class rail or bus fares,
where used, may be claimed or 33p per mile which the Management Committee may
increase during the season to reflect significant increases in fuel oil prices allowance if using
own transport. In the event of a match not being played due to no fault of the Clubs, the
referee will charge his expenses only if he attends the ground. Each club must provide an
assistant referee for the duration of the match for all games, except the Final Tie, who shall
not be a substitute and failure to do so shall incur a fine of £10.00.

14. Both the home and away club shall telephone the result of each fixture (even if
unfulfilled) to the Press Officer of the MSFL on Sunday by 5.30 p.m. and for mid-week
evening matches by 10.00 p.m. on the day of the match. Any club failing to do so shall incur
a fine of £10.00.

15. Each club shall within three days after each match send to the Registration Secretary of
the MSFL, on the official form provided, the result, the names, initials and registration
numbers of the players taking part, the name of the referee, with an assessment of his ability
where applicable, and the names of the assistant referees who officiated at the match. Any
club failing to comply with this Rule or any part thereof shall be liable to a fine of £1O.00 for
each offence. Any club forwarding a match result form bearing the names of players other
than those who took part in the match shall be deemed to be responsible for the deliberate
falsification of a match return form and subject to a fine not exceeding £100.00 and the
match will be forfeited with all the points in the match awarded to their opponents. ln the
knock-out stages a team will be excluded from the Competition and subject to a fine not
exceeding £100.00 if it is responsible for the falsification of a match return form.

16. Breaches of the Rules of this competition shall be dealt with by the MSFL Management
Committee. Breaches of the Laws of the Game and the Rules and Regulations of The Football
Association shall be dealt with in accordance with Rules 9 and 26 by the Sussex County

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Football Association, the sanctioning authority. All questions of eligibility, qualification or
interpretation of the Rules shall be referred to and decided by the MSFL Management
Committee. All protests shall be made in accordance with Rule 15 of the Mid Sussex Football
League's Standard Code of Rules.

17. Sixteen mementoes shall be awarded to each Team participating in the Final and one
memento to each manager. Mementoes will be granted to other players who have taken part
in the Competition at the discretion of the MSFL Management Committee.

17A. The Cup will be handed over to the winners on their giving a receipt and written
undertaking to return the Cup by 1 March to an appointed place advised by the Secretary of
the MSFL in the same condition as that in which it was received. Any damage caused to the
Cup while in the Club's custody to be made good at the Club's expense less any payment
received from the insured. Any Club failing to return the Cup on or before 1 March shall be
liable to a fine of £50.00. A Club shall also be fined £50.00 if the Cup is returned not suitably
engraved or not in the same condition to that which it was received.

18. The entrance fee for this competition will be £10.00 being payable at the time of entry or
as notified by the Secretary of the Mid Sussex Football League.

19. In all other respects the Rules governing the Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup Competition,
except Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,10 and 11, shall apply to this Competition.

20. Any point not covered by the Rules shall be determined by the Management Committee.




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